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October 9, 2018
At Christmas, we acknowledge the coming of a new hope for justice and peace in the world. It is in this spirit that I write to thank you for moving so quickly to implement a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, an action that we and many others asked you to undertake as one of your first acts of government.
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September 17, 2018
The United Church of Canada welcomes the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This is a momentous occasion. It is the culmination of six years of courageous and difficult work, and the result of 130 years of painful lived experience by former students of residential schools.
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August 29, 2018
The United Church's New Creed calls us "to live with respect in Creation." We join our voices with other denominations and faiths around the world in expressing our deep concern around climate change. The upcoming 21st Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21, November 30–December 12) could be a critical turning point for climate change policy and the future of the planet. World leaders will work to...
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August 29, 2018
Both the national church and the Pension Plan are signatories to the UN PRI–sponsored Paris Pledge for Action statement, which will call for strong economic action to reduce emissions. The statement will be released on December 11 at the close of the COP21 meetings. The United Church of Canada became a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI) program in 2014, and The...
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August 20, 2018
In Paris, United Church of Canada staff joined with representatives of the Protestant churches in France in a moment of silent prayer in remembrance of the victims of the attacks. This week two General Council Ministries in French staff people are in Paris meeting with representatives of the Fédération Protestante de France and l’Église protestante unie de France. Their meetings are unrelated to...
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August 20, 2018
An official delegation of The United Church of Canada will visit China at the invitation of the China Christian Council (CCC) and the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China from November 28 to December 7. The CCC, with its 30 million members, is the largest Protestant church within the global ecumenical family. The 10-day visit represents a...
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August 27, 2018
Three United Church members will travel to Tokyo, Japan, to learn first-hand about discrimination and racism in that country and to share experiences from other contexts at the Third International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission. They will join 55 international participants and 70 participants from Japan November 18–21, 2015, under the theme “Together towards a Just and Inclusive...
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September 5, 2018
Moderator Jordan Cantwell welcomes the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
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August 27, 2018
The World Council of Churches (WCC), of which the United Church is a member, has expressed deep concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks. The WCC stands in solidarity with the churches and peoples of Palestine and Israel, and affirms their conviction that “the illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territories must be brought to an end—not as a pre-condition for an...
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August 27, 2018
The United Church of Canada was one of the first Canadian institutional investors to sign a recently launched public statement setting out Investor Expectations on Corporate Climate Lobbying. To date, 62 investors have signed the statement, representing total assets under management of more than US$3.8 trillion. The statement was launched by the United Nations Principles for Responsible...
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